LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Boston Celtics striker Gordon Hayward has been declared active against the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters earlier Saturday that he expects to play Hayward, but Hayward will call after he goes through warm-ups.
“I guess he’ll be available, but that’s his call,” Stevens said.
If he played, Stevens said Hayward would get off the bench and his minutes would be monitored.
Hayward missed a month with a sprained right ankle, but in recent days has advanced to the climax on Saturday, and the Celtics are 2-0 behind in the best of seven series.
The Celtics improved their status to questionable for Game 3 on Friday.
Hayward has had an exceptional season for Boston – averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists – and his return will provide much-needed firepower from Boston’s bench. Hayward has shot 38% on 3 points this season and 50% off the floor.
Hayward, 30, suffered an ankle sprain in Game 1 of Boston’s first round against Philadelphia on Aug. 17 and left the Disney Wide World of Sports campus to rehabilitate before returning recently.